Master Class: How to Do an At-Home Facial

Get complexion perfection in four simple, do-it-yourself steps.

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Power Wash

Always start with freshly cleansed skin so that ingredients can be absorbed more easily later," says Karen Terranova of NYC pampering mecca Great Jones Spa. "To ensure you're thorough enough, sing 'Happy Birthday' as you suds up with cleanser. Follow with a gentle scrub to slough away flakes."
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Power Wash

Cut back on time by using a motorized cleansing brush with your face wash—the vibrating technology removes debris to minimize pores and blackheads in a hurry.
MC TIP: Use an alcohol-free toner in between every step of the facial to rebalance your skin's pH.
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Mask Force

"People often get into trouble with masks because they leave them on too long, use too much product, or select the wrong one," adds Terranova. "Pumpkin masks purify dull skin, while cherry ones brighten uneven pigmentation."
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Mask Force

Goat's milk yogurt and honey help smooth fine lines. Start with just a dime-size dollop of product before adding more, and keep a timer handy to better follow instructions.
MC TIP: Combination skin Multitask by mixing your hydrating mask with a purifying one from the same brand.
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Main Squeeze

"Extractions are best left to the pros," warns Terranova. "But if you have a formed pimple with white puss on the surface, you can tend to it at home." After a hot shower, use vinyl gloves or tissues to cover your index fingertips. Gently shimmy your fingers from the top of the pimple down and from side to side until the skin breaks, the pimple empties, and you see blood. Follow with only witch hazel and a tea-tree-oil blemish cream—no other products.

MC TIP: Reduce redness before work or a big event by icing the inflamed area for 10 minutes.

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Support System

Finish off every facial with moisturizer or face oil. "You need to lock in the ingredients and create a barrier against tough winter air or overheated, dry buildings," says Terranova. Keep lavender and rose oil on hand to soothe chapped skin, and stock up on vitamin C serums if you're hitting up a lot of parties—the antioxidant-rich formulas are the perfect pick-me-up for tired skin.
MC TIP: Reduce holiday travel stress by packing a deep-moisturizing mask to combat thirsty skin while on planes or trains.
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